It’s been six weeks since my knee replacement surgery and I’m doing remarkably well although the last 4 days I’ve been a slacker about doing my physical therapy. That’s because I went to Las Vegas with Richard, Troy and Simone (my son and daughter-in-law) to see “Jersey Boys” and “Love.” Both shows were remarkable, feel-good experiences. Troy and I have never been big fans of Vegas. I got married there the first time around. My husband gambled all night and I slept with his mother. I lived in Caesar’s Palace for many months while filming “Electric Horseman” with Bob Redford. I hated walking through the sounds, smells and just plain tawdriness of the casino to get to my room every night. The best part was taking ballet classes in some inconspicuous, back-alley studio with a lot of the showgirls–all scrubbed and normal looking.
So this time was a treat because we had fun, the shows alone were worth it and we had some great meals–especially at Botero in the Encore Hotel where we stayed. My brother, Peter, even showed up the last night with a slew of friends. The downside–a whoooole lot of walking on marble floors. Not great for a new knee.
Last night we had dinner at Barbra Streisand’s home. I’m tempted to say her “new home” cause she got it since I last went to a home of hers, but she’s had it for more than a dozen years and, like all her previous places, it has her unique stamp of perfection, coziness, enormous architectural detail and originality–all her doing. She designs and decorates just about as brilliantly as she performs. I had never met her husband, James Brolin, and it was wonderful seeing what a down-to-earth, good person he is–and gorgeous to boot. The President of Berklee College of Music, Roger Brown, and I enjoyed finding out about the place that seems to teach and train a huge swath of the most talented people in all (and I mean All) branches of music. I also met Samantha, Barbra’s Coton de Tulear. It’s because of Barbra bringing her pooch onto Oprah’s show that inspired me to get my Tulea. Sam has all the endearing qualities of Tulea (almost) but her hair is curly.
The end of the evening found us all sitting on the floor Barbra’s bathroom listening to a few cuts from her soon-to-be-released album (Diana Krall produced) and some songs from albums she and Richard did years ago that James had never heard.
I have just arrived at my ranch in New Mexico. I haven’t been here since Christmas. I’ve never been away this long. It’s because of the play, the surgery and then Richard.
Tulea will be waiting for me and she’ll make all her most happy-to-see-you-mama little whimpers and barks. Vanessa and my grandkids are here as well so it will be a fun 3 weeks. My major challenge is to get back to work on my book and the ranch is where I do my best writing. There are also lots of hills to climb and a gym and a pool so, in no time, my knee will be good as new–well, no, it IS new. Better to say, “good as old.”
Let’s see…what else? Guess I’ll write more tomorrow and show some of Vanessa’s ranch photos.
See you next time.